Along with Nintendo’s annual financial results, the company has also published software sales figures on its first-party titles. The gaming giant has detailed its six top-selling Wii U titles, which have all sold more than one million units. Top of the board is New Super Mario Bros. U – a launch game for the home console in November 2012 – which has sold 4.16 million units worldwide.
Meanwhile, the stellar Nintendo Land has sold 3.09 million units and last year’s holiday title Super Mario 3D World totals 2.17 million units worldwide. There are also three other first-party Wii U titles, which have all sold over one million units from a culmination in bundled deals and downloadable software – New Super Luigi U with 1.76 million units, Wii Party U with 1.35 million units and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD coming in with 1.22 million units sold.
The runaway 3DS title from sales this year is, of course, Pokemon X and Y with a staggering 12.26 million units sold worldwide, though Mario Kart 7 creeps close with 9.62 million units over a number of years. As Nintendo announced in its 2013-14 fiscal results, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds sold 2.51 million units in total, while Mario and Luigi: Dream Team went on to sell 2.08 million units last year.
As can be seen, there’s a number of positives to be gleaned from Nintendo’s tough situation at the moment, plus we’ll hopefully see Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros in amongst these top-selling titles within the 2014-15 fiscal year.
Nintendo has released a Mario mega bundle in the UK for the Wii U, including the Wii U premium system, Super Mario 3D World, New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U, a Mario hat, and a Mario Wii Remote Plus for the mere sum of £299.99. The bundle is available exclusively at the online Nintendo UK Store. Do you think something of the sort should be the standard as far as Wii U bundles go worldwide? Would it help drive sales? Let us know in the comments.
A new Wii U Deluxe bundle will be released in Japan, called the Instant Play Family Premium Set. Nintendo’s latest bundle for its struggling console comes packaged with a host of items, including the standard gamepad, a MotionPlus Wiimote, a 30-day code for Wii Karaoke U, as well as Wii Party U and New Super Mario Bros. U pre-loaded onto the console. Although the Instant Play Bundle does not come with Nintendo Land, it will retail for only 32,800 yen, or $332, which is only 1300 yen ($318) above the standard Wii U Deluxe package. Gamers in Japan will also have the option of spending 34,800 yen to get an Instant Play bundle that comes with Wii Fit U.
Rumors had emerged a week ago about a possible bundle that would include New Super Mario Bros. U, and although this announcement of the Japanese bundle does not explain the supposed European one that also comes with New Super Luigi U, it certainly lends credence to the idea. The news of the Instant Play bundle comes right on the heels of another Wii U bundle release, as the Wind Waker HD Deluxe Wii U Bundle launched on September 20th.
For those that have yet to download Luigi’s new adventures in New Super Luigi U today, Nintendo has gently reminded fans that if you own New Super Mario Bros. U you can now update your game to play with the Wii U pro controller. In a post on Miiverse, the director of New Super Mario Bros. U Takemoto said the following:
“Hello, this is Takemoto, the director of New SUPER MARIO BROS. U. An update for the game has been made available to go with the release of New SUPER LUIGI U. With this update, you can now purchase the New SUPER LUIGI U add-on content from within the game, and play using the Wii U Pro Controller. We’ve also opened a New SUPER LUIGI U community on Miiverse, so feel free to share your thoughts about Luigi, Nabbit, or anything else related to the game!”
Nintendo has announced that it is bringing out another New Super Mario Bros U patch, but this time it includes support for the Wii U Pro Controller. The patch is expected to arrive around the same time as New Super Luigi U – which is the downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros U. The patch also allows you to purchase New Super Luigi U within New Super Mario Bros U, so you don’t need to go to the eShop to purchase it.
Amazon has put up a listing of “New Super Luigi” for the Nintendo 3DS. The game the online retailer is referring to is actually called New Super Luigi U, and it’s not a Nintendo 3DS game – it’s not even a full game; it’s downloadable content for people who own a copy of Wii U-exclusive New Super Mario Bros. U. When New Super Luigi U is released later this year, Luigi will be able to traverse through levels that were specifically designed for his abilities.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that the New Super Luigi U add on to New Super Mario Bros U will add 82 alternative levels to the game. Luigi’s jumping ability gives you advantages – but you’ll still need to clear each course in under 100 seconds.
Nintendo has released an update for New Super Mario Bros U. The update now sends in-game posts that you and others create to a dedicated New Super Mario Bros. U community. Nintendo has now created two Miiverse communities for New Super Mario Bros U. The new community is designated specifically for in-game posts, while the other is designed for general talk about New Super Mario Bros U. The update changes the game’s version to v1.2.0.
Miyamoto has revealed that everyone’s favourite sidekick, Luigi, won’t be getting his own storyline in the forthcoming Super Luigi U downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros U. Miyamoto says that he won’t have his own story, but the levels have been redesigned specifically for him. Miyamoto was also asked whether or not Mario will feature in the DLC, to which he replied “I can’t say yet”.
In “Super Luigi U,” does Luigi have his own storyline, or does he just have the levels available to him?
Miyamoto: He doesn’t get his own story, but all of the levels have been redesigned for Luigi, so it should be a pretty good role for him.
Multiplayer: Does Mario make an appearance at all?
Miyamoto: I can’t say yet.
There are some people that say that they want Mario to appear, but Mr. Tezuka is saying that he’s not going to let Mario into this game.
New Super Luigi U comes to Wii U eShop during this Year of Luigi. This DLC for NSMBU changes the game’s 80+ courses into all-new ones. More details will be posted once they become available.